Gordon leads a team developing data assimilation techniques to meet present and future customer requirements.
The Data Assimilation Methods team is currently contributing to
Gordon's personal research focuses on methods for improving the assimilation of observational data into the UKV configuration of the Unified Model to further improve forecast accuracy by
Following a degree in applied mathematics and a doctorate in MHD turbulence in solar and laboratory plasmas, Gordon stayed at the University of St Andrews for another eighteen months studying MHD reconnection as a postdoctoral researcher in the solar theory group . On joining the Met Office in 1996, his initial work in the Meteorological Research Flight (now part of Observation Based Research) focused on processing data from the research aircraft's inertial and satellite navigation systems, wind measuring system and temperature probes. His next post in the Orography group involved studying the theory of inertia-gravity waves. Gordon moved to Data Assimilation and Ensembles in 2003, becoming a manager in 2014.
Gordon has also been involved in research into submarines at ARE Haslar in Gosport (now part of Qinetiq) and experimental nuclear fusion reactors at Culham Laboratory (now Culham Centre for Fusion Energy) through sponsorship of his respective degrees.
Last updated: 19 December 2014